Happy 17th birthday to my baby boy. This kid has been through so much, and he is, in his own words, "basically always happy." Luke, you amaze me every day with your strength, smarts, smile, positive outlook, inquisitive mind, kind heart and so much more. I know you don't think you're particularly brave or strong but you really are. I'm so blessed to be your mom and I'm beyond grateful that you get to turn 17. [...]
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Luke and I celebrated our birthdays (Feb 8 and 12) early last night with Paul at Luke's current favorite restaurant Lula Cafe. Luke wanted to be able to fully enjoy his birthday meal before getting braces today, and he sure did! I love enjoying food with that kid (and just watching him enjoy food). [...]
6 days until our ride, 5 days until Luke gets to turn 17. One last push to see if anyone wants to ride with us at Cycle for Survival Chicago - registration closes tonight. I'll still be pushing for donations, but this is the last time I'll be bugging you to sign up :). Here's the link to sign up or donate. The pw to join the team is luke.[...]
I had planned to post the video of Luke's teacher's fabulous speech for his Titan Pride Award. I'll post it soon, but it doesn't feel right to post it right now. If you're in the Luke Strikes Back facebook group, you've probably already seen the video as well as this post. [...]
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